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know their audience. go for the wild cherries. the candy is the best. >> steve: then just sit in the rocker. >> i don't even eat. >> martha: thanks for being here. >> i've enjoyed it. i wasn't sure i would, but i have. alert. is a nuclear plant and the brink again? smoke seen rising from the reactor raising fears of more radiation exposure. officials considering desperate measures that could include helicopters dropping water on the reactors. plant workers are back in the facility after they were pulled out because of radiation levels.
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they are scrambling to prevent the possibility of a full-scale meltdown. i'm bill hemmer. welcome back, alisyn. alisyn: i'mal lynn cam rata in for martha. >> northern japan was hit by a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake. i feel deep in my heart as i see the conditions in the affected area. i'm concerned about the nuclear situation because it's unpredictable. with the help of those involved i hope things will not get worse. bill report emperor is in his as it and he's rarely seen on television. show you where we are right now.
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northeast of tokyo, 200 miles, the fukushima plant in an animation we put together to show you what's happening on the inside as it runs north to the south. you will see the four reactors at this plants in question. there were 6 reactors under consideration but for sake of this purpose we'll show you reactor number 1, 3, and 4. 1, 2, 3 were online when the quake and same rolled through. number 4 was offline. about it was rolling with spent nuclear fuel. then we can show you where we are today. that's what they looked like 7 days ago. on this map here, this was taken two days ago. the four reactors are on the screen. this is number 4, and number 3.
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you can see on the screen what kinds of condition they are in today. number 4 is oh bi obliterated. you can barely make it out. number 3 has steam rising out of it. some of that steam contains radioactive material some people fear could affect the japanese people. there is 300 times the normal radiation level south of this plants. but it's not considered fatal at 300 times. as we look at this and try and figure out what happens with number one and number 2. this is quite telling. on the screen we can see number 2 appears to be intact. but this is an area that was
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considered sensitive for the meltdown. there were walls set up. steel and concrete 8 feet wide to prevent radiation seeping into the atmosphere. some of that has leaked and seeped out into the atmosphere. but not at fatal levels. that is critical. julian ryall has more from there. what is happening there, julian? >> the latest i heard is with the failure of the effort of the helicopters to drop water on top of the reactors and bring the temperature down her considering using a special water cannon truck used by the national police agency in oak coand try and throw as much water on them and cool them down that way. bill: the water being pumped from the ocean, is that still
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happening? >> i believe they are make efforts at the other reactors as well. they are doing everything they can. i don't think anyone can fault the japanese government for every effort they are make. they are consulting countries with nuclear expertise from the u.s. and europe. i think they are not telling the japanese people the entire story. there are people i have spoke on that say yes, everything is fine, when clearly a lot more concern is warranted. bill: thank you. so many reporters have been back to tokyo and outside of that area we talked about that was evacuated for the japanese people. there are 450,000 japanese in shelters. this is the third most modern country in the world, the third most powerful economy. they are being patient and you
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wonder how long that patience can hold out. alisyn: japanese officials say the levels of radioactivity at the plant have decreased. but testing is underway for people who live near the facility. men dressed in contamination suits scanning men, women, children and even dogs. many scans require you to put your clothes in a secured pass like bags. removing those items removes 90% of the contamination. bill: the u.s. military wiped off some of that radiation with soap and water. president obama weighing in on this. in an interview we talked about the biggest concern saying this. there is a significant health threat in japan. if the situation gets worse it's possible the radiation could
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spread to other parts of japan. it does not appear it poses a threat to hawaii, our territories or the united states. we are so far away any radiation effects would dissipate by the time it reaches here. but it does offer and cautionary tale. he said he asked nuclear officials about backup systems to prevent a situation similar to the one happening in japan. alisyn: folks in hawaii and the west coast are making a run on stores for potassium iodine. so much so that some stores in the aloha state, you have to put your name on awaiting list. the tablets selling out as fast as pharmacies can get them. >> we were inundated with calls about potassium.
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saturday we sold out. most our distributors are out. but we found some distributors. we put some large orders in. >> in the chernobyl event, it went up into the atmosphere. all the stars would have to align and atmospheric conditions would be there to bring it over to the hawaiian island. alisyn: with hawaii 4,000 miles away from japan, they say they are not too worried. bill: some homes near the water on hawaii's big island shoved off their foundations by the wave that hit hours after the japanese tsunami. it tossed cars into trees. some folks on that island we spoke to say they will never forget this experience. >> it's completely devastating.
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this is -- it's devastating. it's off its foundation. behind my dad's house there is a 4-wheeler up in the tree. it shows you how high the water was. >> there was a kayak in the living room. the refrigerator is laying on its back and this house was 2 feet deep in water. the water -- everything was like matchboxes just went like nothing. it went, you know, we are right here by the ocean. but it went all the way back at least 150 feet or more, 150 yards back at least. bill: it was remarkable. that state estimated damage in the tens of millions of dollars and a billion dollars lost in tourism. thousands of japanese tourists
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cancelling their trips there. that's something that has been overlooked in the state of hawaii. alisyn: there is good news on the japanese financial market. stocks are recovering. the nikkei closed 7% higher. fox business network stu varney is here with more. the crisis is still underway, why is the market optimistic. >> reporter: everyone is asking the question, is the financial free-fall over? in japan the answer is yes, bounceback to the tune of 5.7 per for the japanese stock market. the american market is expected to open only slightly lower this morning in a half-hour's time. what the world is doing is trying to digest the economic implications of japan's impending recession. it will be a severe downturn for
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the japanese economy. we got news that all kinds of automobile and electronics companies are shutting down their factory operations until next week. that represents a significant chunk of japan's industrial strength flat shutdown. there is talk of a lost decade for japan. the free-fall on the markets over? it is in japan as of right now. bill: we are watching the markets in japan. they cratered the last couple days, but they are bouncing ba back. alisyn: the latest quick fix to keep the government running passes congress. but the spending battle is far from over. some lawmakers are furious. there is still no concrete bill. we'll talk to a senator on the
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alisyn: there is a heartbreaking scene playing out along japan's coastline. survivors wandering look for their missing loved ones. >> [speaking japanese] alisyn: this 68-year-old woman is looking for her nephew who was home alone when the quake and tsunami hit. she says he was home because he was unable to work and he would
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not have been able to leave the house on his own. this scene of loss played out in town after town on japan's northeastern coast. bill: back to japan in a moment. a divided house passing another 3-week bill to keep the government up and running, but anxious lawmakers want to know when they can actually pass a budget bill. here is republican congressman mike simpson on the house floor yesterday. >> i will tell you the outrage is we are having to do this because the majority, the former majority when they had the majority in the house, the majority in the senate and the white house failed to pass an appropriation bill. they left the american people and this country with this pile of crap. they should not complain about how we try to clean this up.
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bill: the temporary fix goes for a vote today. texas senator john cornyn is on the budget committee. are you going to vote for this today? >> i am. this is not a good way to do business but it represents substantial cuts. this is the beginning of a very long process. we didn't get here overnight and we are not going to get out of it overnight. bill: why do you think it's such a good idea to go yes now? >> because it cuts federal spend and keeps the lights on while we can negotiate a longer term appropriation bill through the end of september. we need to pass a balanced budget amendment to the united states constitution. that's something i hope we can vote on this spring. our deficit has explode and the
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federal debt is north of $14 trillion. we need to put that spray jacket around congress so we don't get in this situation. bill: a lot of viewers are saying don't wait. get it done now. why can't it be done now. rand paul was on the floor talking about cutting $200 billion now in 2011. >> that's an important question. the reason we can't do it now is harry reid control the senate floor and senate agenda. and president obama seems disengaged from this whole debate. the national debt as admiral mullen, the joint chiefs of staff said is national security risk. we have got to do it now. but unfortunately we have got to be in charge. bill: why do you think they have taken the attitude they have, in your words, then?
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>> it's a mystery to me after the president sponsored a fiscal commission that came back with a sobering report. he completely walked away from it and in his budget where he actually increases spending and tax on domestic energy production, and he simply seems to be whistling past the graveyard when it comes to the mounting fiscal crisis in this country. way it's going to do to jobs and the economy. bill: you can make it case the president is going to figure out what you guys figure out first. what explains harry reid's position? >> it beats the heck out of me. he doesn't seem to understand the mess damage delivered november 2 by the american people that said federal spending is out of control and the federal government is intruding too much in their lives. so people are out of work and unemployed. we need to cut federal spending and grow the private sector
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economy by taking the federal government's boot off the neck of the private sector to create jobs and growth economy. bill: many would argue even a 3-week band-aid is not enough. we'll watch and see how you guys can figure this out in the coming weeks. alisyn: voters give the mayor of a major city the boot. what he did and why office holders everywhere are taking notice. bill: also a much-deserved leave and time to catch up with loved ones. what a great victory. one special homecoming for 250 soldiers and countless family members next. ♪ ♪
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bill: bahrain forcing the markets to shut down. sole dancer riot police forcing hundreds of anti-government protesters off the streets. there are reports of 6 people dead a day after the government declared martial law. higher energy prices contributing to a jump in food costs. nasa wants to know why cocaine was spent at the kennedy space center. nasa workers and the contractors are subject to random searches and testing in florida. alisyn: the possible meltdown of the japanese nuclear plants raising questions about nuclear
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safety in america's earthquake zones such as california. people who live near the san onofre plants are not sure they would be safe from a quake-triggered tsunami. >> i think it would go right over that wall. >> visually it looks small. but it's a large structure designed to meet whatever historical tsunami could be created based on what we know about the seismic activity in this area. it is built to take on anything that may come its way. alisyn: there are two seismic faults. the san andreas fault runs right along the coast. bill: the president is being called too passive when it comes to handling major global crises. alisyn: as japan's situation in
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texas has questions about nuclear safety on capitol hill. are we prepared for the worst here at home. we are live in washington in moments with that.
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bill: here we are, 9:30 in new york. fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan. they are turning to desperate measures to cool off that facility. at the moment plants workers scrambling to cool off those reactors as they have been for days. meanwhile lawmakers near the u.s. taking a closer look at u.s. nuclear plants security. >> we look to what the maximum size of that particular earthquake geeologists say could happen and we design considerably above that. it was a combination of the largest recorded earthquake in u.s. history plus a 30-foot tsunami. and i think it's that combination of things that has caused this.
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again, quite frankly we have to plan for those events. bill: there is another hearing on nuclear safety that takes place today. >> a tremendous amount of conflicting information again today. at one point was being reported radiation levels at the fukushima plants were so high workers were being evacuated. now they are saying workers were never evacuated but told to move indoors. the situation at the plant appears to be growing worse. a slow-moving nightmare is how one official describes its. reactor number 3 the apparent priority. a helicopter flew to that site. steam was seen rising earlier in the day to try to cool its fuel rods. but because of high radio activity levels it had to turn back. it's was feared the containment vessel was cracked and leaking
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radiation. but at 8:30 this morning an urgent crossed the wire that says there appears to be no crack. then a second of the day broke out. situation described by authorities as not so good. whatever that means. the concern there, spent fuel. the spent fuel is suppose to be baitsd in water to teach it cool. but the water levels dropped causing it to heat up. creating hydrogen which in turn caught fire. a dangerous and evolving situation again. bill: the debate in washington. what's the latest happening there? >> here is a little bit of what happened yesterday. >> i think there should be a moratorium on nuclear power plants in territories quake prone areas our country. >> there has been a pause for 15 years.
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we know the majority in here would agree that we are going to have to have nuclear power and nuclear energy and develop it. bill: we showed secretary hu in his testimony. and we are expecting another conference on capitol hill this morning. in addition to that epa will have a press conference about what to do with this run on iodine tablets. we'll have to get that cleared up today, too. bill: we'll watch the hearings to see what couples. doug, thank you. a lot of this has to do with the nuclear power plants in operation in the united states and how they relate to see is mick activity. the majority of the power plants in the united states lie east of the mississippi river. some of the attention has gone to california. there are two on the coast. we are take you out to one just south of l.a. the san onofre plants.
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it says it can with stands an quake in excess of 7.0. a tsunami with waves of 25 feet high. that appears on paper to be a safe and well-built facility. if you look at the seismic activity the past 100 years, go back to maybe the year 1900, here is your mississippi river. the majority of the plants are east of the mississippi. but the greater amounts of seismic activity has all been west. a lot in nevada, california and alaska. that gives you an indication about where the facilities are set up versus the way the earth moves here or has moved for the past 100 years. alisyn: president obama of course is known for keeping his cool whatever the crisis. but was one of america's biggest allies and trading partners brought to it's ins by this earthquake and moammar qaddafi sending the rebels on the run
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and bahrain troubles deep shaling by the day. the the's critics saying the president is disengaged at such a critical time. >> on any given time he and his administration could be on one side or the other. he's ceding that to sarkozy and cameron and the arab league. either he shouldn't have said he wants qaddafi overthrown, or he doesn't want him overthrown, then he should be taking leadership effort. people are getting slaughtered. alisyn: k.t. macfarland is here with more. let's start with where mayor giuliani started, with libya. he says it's not appropriate for the president to be ceding control to sarkozy and cameron. >> with regard to libya president obama is saying
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qaddafi has got to go. hillary clinton is saying we are considering a no-fly zone. the secretary of defense saying a no-fly zone isn't going to work. i think the bigger things -- all of the things you just mentioned, bahrain, libya, japan. what are they all about? energy. what should the united states be doing at this level? we should say energy independence. we are not going to be subject to the whims of the middle east or to the nuclear regulatory industry in japan. we need a comprehensive energy independence plan which means drilling in the gulf, maybe drilling in alaska. oil refineries, shale oil, gas. alisyn: that doesn't solve the problem of anti-qaddafi rebels being killed. >> what are our strategic interests in the gulf? it's a tragedy what's happening in libya. the fact that the government came out to encourage the rebels
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with no intention of backing it up is bad news. we don't have a strategic interest in libya. but we do in bahrain. it's a proxy fight between iran and saudi arabia. what is the key to the region? saudi arabia. alisyn: this week saudi arabia sent in troops. >> the united states should say to saudi arabia, you are next. unless you show your people you are going in that direction you could well be next. you have got to start liberalizing. you have got to bring minorities into your government. you have got some start moving along those trailts. what happens for example if you start seeing saudi arabia have the same kind of just rising you did in libya? that's not a big stretch, particularly in eastern saudi arain why where there is a large
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shiite population and that's where the oil is. do we say to king abdulla you have got to go? or do we say we are going to prop you up no matter what? what does that do to the iranian movement in the region? what we have to do is what reagan did in eastern europe when we get ahead of it. instead reacting to events, we say you have got to do it because we don't necessarily have your back if things start going the way they have been going throughout the region. alisyn: hotpots erupting simultaneously. bill: watching the markets now. what a rocky day we had yesterday. we are down 250 points. all this reacting to the economy. what's happening in japan. new come construction numbers said to be out today. how are we doing?
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we are down 6 or 7 points in nine minutes of trading. that's where we are right now. we'll watch that throughout the morning. meanwhile radiation leaking out of the fukushima plants. fears of disaster present throughout japan. we'll talk with two nuclear experts. but first ... >> enough of all the rhetoric. let me say to you all tonight, this is a long process. this is not -- there is no laser shows going on. you have got to co-signer to that. alisyn: that is ohio governor john kasich, his strong medicine to fix an $8 billion budget hole.
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governor kasich's budget proposal. he promised not to raise taxes and says his restrictions on some union rights will helpful an $8.6 billion short fall. >> enough of all the rhetoric. let me say to you all tonight, this is a long process. many -- this is not -- there is no laser shows going on. you have got to co-sign for that. this is not big orchestra music. this is how you do a budget. and we are going to walk through this budget because all ohio needs to understand this. you need to understand it, you need to think about it, i hope you will support it, because you know what? we are running out of time. and if we can deal with our challenges today and not pass them down the road together, then i think we can say, i don't think, i know we can save this
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great buckeye state. alisyn: like so many places ohio has suffered major job loss. he plans major changes to the state's education system. bill: first wisconsin, now ohio. some nuclear experts calling the crisis in japan a slow-moving nightmare. a fire at a reacrossor there raising new fears of a possible meltdown which would lead to a massive radiation leak. we haven't gone there yet. the experts closely watching all three nuclear plants close to that quake zone. jay, welcome back to both of you. jay, you were with us yesterday in ohio and you all thought we were overreacting. we needed to throw cool water on our selves to calm down our
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fears. but the doctor has a different opinion on that. do you believe the worst is over at this point? >> i don't think the worst is over from the standpoint of what's going on with the reactors. we may see more radiation leaks. we may see a total meltdown in one of the reactors. what i don't think is going to happen is there will be a long-term health impact on the population in japan. i think there is likely not going to be any loss of life and we have raised a crisis mentality that we are going to have more stress-related illness in japan and low-level radiation impacts. the people in japan should be focusing on water pollution and waste disposal rather than thinking they have an atomic bomb ready to go off in their backyard. it's not redoubling my position. i'm not saying there is anything good happening at fukushima. is there not. these plants are in bad shape.
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what i'm saying is the worst case of may happen, whether there are explosions or just more leaks, in terms of the impact of low-level radiation getting out into the area where the people have been evacuated to is not going to be significant. i say that based on our knowledge of the worst case situation which this is not at chernobyl. when they studied chernobyl 20 years later. the bottom line was 50 people died from radiation and fire. all of the thousands of people they thought would be affected by increased cancer, shortened lifespan, that never happened. published reports in 2006 indicated it was but a fraction as bad, and we are not anywhere near chernobyl in fukushima. bill: i wanted to get the doctor' he raise some interesting points. is he right? >> i don't think so. i suggest he read the national academy report which was
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published after due conversation all the scientific literature that said the best scientific conclusion is every increment of radiation produced cancer risk. small increments, maul increase. i don't think he's familiar with the scientific literature. bill: it's been reported now that the levels of radiation just south of this area in japan are 300 times normal, doctor. bin at 300 times normal it's not considered dangerous. >> that many correct. bill: answer that then we'll get back to you, jay. >> we can have a civil debate without interrupting each other. 300 times normal -- the normal
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is 10 millirems. if this persists over a an hour or two, yes. the risk would be very small. but if it persists over large population for significant amounts of time which it could if this disaster continues. we have had external radiation at the rates of 40rems per hour. one out of every 25 people would contract cancer. bill: we have not been there just yet. jay, i cut you off. >> these are case scenarios. i don't know what benefit there is by scaring people, describing some worst case situation that has never occurred. and i'm familiar with the report and i'm aware a thousand people in the village of chernobyl did contract leukemia.
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928 were cured. this is all in the u.n. reports. what benefit there is to scare people about a situation that never occurred. we have 448 operating nuclear power plants in the world. there has never been a fatality in any of them them. 200 nuclear ships have sailed the ocean and there has never been a fatality. >> what does the report say about the risks of low-level radiation. i can give you a near exact quote. that every increment of radiation produces an increment of cancer risk. that's what the report says. that's what the report says. studies are blunt tools. i'm telling you -- you are shouting and not listening.
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we are not having a discussion, sir. bill: we haven't gotten there yet. >> this is a shouting show and not a discussion show. bill: the evidence suggests over a period time this can be harmful and even deadly. he's talk atomic bombs. bill: i get. doctor, thank you for your input as well. alisyn: it's us from friergt them but they both make compelling points. potassium iodine flying off the shelves in hawaii and the west coast. are there conflicting message coming out of the administration? we have a fair and balanced
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bill: a happy homecoming for 250 soldiers in colorado. they are members of the third brigade combat team getting a much-deserved leave and time to catch up with lovered one. the iron brigade spend a full year overseas. and look at this. more troops from iraq expected
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to come home in colorado in the coming weeks and that scene there never ever gets old. al require's nice to see something heart warming after all the heartbreak we have had last couple days. strong winds and colder temperatures in japan. how does this affect the cloud of radiation leaking from the nuke nuclear power plants. what are we seeing in japan? >> we have a shift in the wind. 24 hours ago we had onshore flow, now we have offshore flow. so that's good news there. those winds will dominate through tonight into tomorrow. the big reason why we saw this shift in winds is because of our storm system moving through. we picked up snow across northern japan and that will continue tonight. so that's going to pose a danger for anyone caught without shelter or power.
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and temperatures will be plummeting. because we are seeing winds over 20 miles an hour at times. when you combine that with the cold air withs will be in the teens. so that's a concern for hypothermia. friday and saturday we'll see changes. a high pressure system will move through and that's going to be changing the winds. so we'll continue to track that. then we'll see a warmup by saturday. alisyn: with so many people out of their homes we don't like to see the temperatures dipping. bill: a race against the clock in japan. workers at the damaged plant risking their lives in an effort to control that matter. rescue efforts still unway. there are millions struggling for food and water. pants freezing temperatures don't help. alisyn: are you worried the radiation from japan will reach the u.s. inog on to
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bill: all right, 10:00 here in new york, 7: -- 7:00 on the west coast, 11:00 p.m. in japan, returning to the scene of one of the most dangerous place on earth. a brave group of emergency workers between 80 and 190, now back at japan's failing nuclear complex, after a spike in radiation forced them to evacuate. they cleared the area, before they were given the okay. now, this is the latest satellite image from today, on the site. now we can only watch and wait as those workers try to avert a catastrophic situation from getting worse than it is, good morning i'm bill hemmer as we start a brand new hour, nice to see you, alisyn. alisyn: you, too, they called the workers the fukushima 50 and are lauded as heroses.
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it is an extremely tense situation, for days these heroic workers worked feverishly this to cool the reactors with sea water and are doing it at extreme risk to their own health and safety but no guarantee their efforts will avoid the dreaded melt down. >> if i had to guess the probability, it is a 10% chance of it happening, something like that. alisyn: this around-the-clock surveying of radiation levels in the area surrounding the complex continues. bill: as we look at the map, we can get our viewers a better idea, here is the concern, where those nuclear rods are situated. that reach enormous temperatures. that create steam to drive those pistons and drive the turnbines, here's the nuclear rods in red.
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what you see in yellow are the control rods designed to drop in place and control those nuclear rods to contain the first line of containment, the first line of defense in the event things go wrong. now, here's the rods as they overheat, okay? the water surrounds the area here and the water is used to try and control the temperature. now, after that water inside the pipeline, if that is not sufficient enough, they pump water in from the ocean. into the area, to try and continue to cool it down and now they are considering whether or not they have to drop helicopter water down from the area, up above and that is a decision they are considering but have not gone there yet and want to figure out what the radiation levels are and whether or not it is possible to drop water down there. now, the electricity line is used to control the heat and the temperature and that wind out and the backup system, generator system went out and that is what led to the crisis today. go ahead and roll it forward again and we can see how these
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rod casings that were contained in there, they start to crack and now you see the radiation that has gone up in the form of steam, primarily, in the form of steam, primarily, that is released through the top part of the reactor. again, there are 6 reactors in question, right now and just roll forward one more time, and we'll show you this casing, okay? what is called a containment vessel, it is steel, concrete, and it is three feet wide, and 8 feet wide, and, is the last line of defense, and there is a concern whether or not the containment vessels are strong enough now to prevent the gases to escape and in some cases they have. in other cases, not good enough for the people in japan. david piper is on the ground there, he is streaming live at the airbase with more. hello, david. >> reporter: hi, bill, yes. it is really important those specialist teams have got back on the fukushima site because overnight they had to evacuate,
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because there had been a radiation spike. and, in that time between leaving, coming back, the japanese authorities were really getting desperate to try to get water over those reactors and they did introduce a japanese military helicopter into the equation, and they had a huge bucket full of water they were going to drop onto the reactor, and they had to aborted, also, because of the high radiation levels. we do understand that they are now as i said back at the scene and, also, a police water canon has been introduced and they are pouring the water over the pond holding those fuel rods that have expired. but, they are concerned that that is boiling and that is where the high radiation is coming out of this -- at this time, so great concern here in japan, now that situation but those guys at that fukushima
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plant are really putting their lives on the line at this time. bill: and duke it for their country, too, you have heard them talk about that. david piper on the ground in japan, new word red tape perhaps force aid group of rescue workers from the u.k. to leave japan. the international rescue corps saying the british embassy denied the paperwork needed to join the other british emergency response crews like the one you see in operation here. the team says it was told, no because the british embassy in tokyo would be legally responsible for its rescue workers. a corps spokesman says it is painful to be stopped, by not helping your own country. alisyn: here at home, health officials say the u.s. is not expected to see any harmful levels of radiation from japan. but, some folks are not taking any chances and are stocking up on anti-radiation pills, even in texas. >> i feel strongly that there is a high likelihood that we will have radiation coming from japan. >> when people overreact, they do things that don't make sense and in this case, stockpiling
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medication does not make sense. alisyn: julie bandaras is live in our new york city newsroom. as far away as texas. >> and new york, i bumped into one of my producers who handed me this box he got for himself and he'll be sending to relatives in california. there are people, though, especially in california that fear the radiation will in fact spread from japan, fukushima daiichi plant after another fire broke out causing a nuclear fuel compartment to erupt, releasing a burst of radiation and forcing 140,000 people in japan, i should stress despite a low level threat and assurances from u.s. health officials, the radiation leaking from japan will most likely not reach the united states, though unknees as residents stocking up on a popular anti-radiation pills, potassium iodide and pharmacists
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are flooded with requests, selling out in some stores due to customers who are not taking any chances. >> we have received significant increases in our calls related to potassium iodide, if we had it, where they could get it. >> i heard it is something that will help protect our thyroid from possible radiation. and, with the trade winds coming and, you know, there -- they could be here five to seven days. >> reporter: the company which makes the liquid potassium iodide are getting dozens of calls and e-mails every hour for the 45 mill liter, $13.25 thyro-shield bottle and the company expects to sell out this week and plans to manufacture more and pills are also selling in staggering amounts on the internet with most orders coming from california. oregon. washington. alaska and hawaii. medical experts urge anyone with the medicine not to take it unnecessarily. in fact u.s. officials also want
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to reassure people that radioactivity monitoring points are set up you along the pacific coast and the state of california, does have a plan when it comes to responding to radiological emergencies. al lynn. alisyn: that is good to know. julie, thank you and we want to hear from you. are you worried radiation from japan will reach the u.s.? log onto foxnews.com and answer our "you decide" question and almost 9,000 people weighed in and more than 50% are saying, not really. there is a big ocean out there. separating us. and you can still weigh in, by voting on foxnews.com. bill: 5 to 6,000 mile stretch, 6,000 mile stretch from japan to the west coast of the u.s. think about mt. st. helen that through in 1980 and shot ash into the atmosphere 80,000 feet and remember, the volcano in iceland from a year ago. alisyn: 30,000 feet. bill: correct. we talked about this, didn't we? and, that halted all air traffic travel between europe and the
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united states. alisyn: yes. bill: put things on delay for days, if to the weeks at a time and it would take a big stretch, a large amount of radiation, to catch that jetstream and come from japan to the u.s. and all the experts we talk to, right now, say don't worry. alisyn: that's right but we will have a debate about what the surgeon general has been saying as well. bill: we're on that, in the meantime, a big city mayor, raising property taxes by 40% on some homeowners. while giving his closest aides a pay raise. he's a republican, do you think he still has a job after a voter recall? they are talking about it. alisyn: and, despite the nuclear fears in japan there are still thousands homeless, stuck en shelters and in some cases, with very little food, water or electricity. we will take you inside one of those evacuation centers as people cope with the disaster they've lived through. >> didn't quite feel real at the time. i just -- like i don't want to die, i don't want to die. it was a run for your life sort
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bill: new signs of trouble in the housing front, getting information new home construction plunging -- what -- plunging 22.5% in february. seasonally adjusted, 479,000, the second lowest level on record. dates back more than 50 years, millions of foreclosures have forced home prices down and lower demand also making things difficult for builders and builders means construction, and construction means jobs and there's not enough of them. frankly. 22.5%, for one month? alisyn: listen to what fed up florida voters did, they made history, by ousting their miami-dade county mayor, carlos alvarez, becoming the most populous area ever to recall a local official. many voters saying that he failed at solving the county's problems like a health care
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system, with more than $200 million worth of debt, and almost half of the property owners are under water and they have a 15% unemployment rate in miami, judge andrew napolitano is a fox senior judicial analyst and host of "freedom watch" good to see you. >> good to see you. alisyn: this is miami, unprecedented and does it have legal implications for what we see in wisconsin where senators are considered being recalled and this governor may be recalled? is this springing up around the country. >> it has political and legal implications. the mayor is a mainstream republican, not a wild-eyed broolt that believes in socialized medicine, he's a mainstream big government republican, like a lot of republicans in washington, d.c. took on the tea party and this is the next wave of what the tea party is doing. raise taxes, give the unions a sweetheart deal, borrow money, and -- which forces raising taxes in the future, and we'll remove you from office.
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this is the person removed from office, with the largest population base in modern times, 2.5 million people are underneath his jurisdiction and 80% of the voters voted to kick him out. he was only reelected, two years ago. alisyn: mayors can be recalled and if governors can be recalled, can federal politicians be recalled? >> no. no. the constitution does not provide for the recall of federal politicians. we know what happened with the efforts to impeach bill clinton, over issues not involved now. the supreme court ruled that constitution was written, if you don't like your member of the house, vote him out every two years and if you don't like your senator, you have to wait 6 years. but, this is a wave that is beginning. and this is a wave that will send a message to all office holders, betray the people's trust, waste their money, take money from them in the form of taxes, give unions sweetheart
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deals and you may be looking for a job yourself. alisyn: i wonder if there is another message and that is don't ever make an unpopular decision, because you will affect somebody, somewhere and a recall effort can start and they spend a lot of money and time on these recall efforts. >> in fairness to the mayor, his adversary was a billionaire who funded it and, the billionaire personally suffered as a result of taxes going up, that is intern system, your wealth is an extension of you and you can spend your wealth on any political campaign you want, whether a little guy or whether you are a billionaire. look, you can do what you think is right, even if it is unpopular, but that involves raising taxes, or giving away money, or borrowing money, you will pay for it in the tea party environment. alisyn: the situation in wisconsin is different, they will be getting money nationally and it becomes a national issue.
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>> the constitution of wisconsin insulates him from recall during the first year in office. alisyn: the governor. >> right. all the signatures they are collecting, i'll give them free legal advice, throw them out, you'll have to recollect them after he has been in office for a year and by then hopefully the good the governor of wisconsin did will be perceived by the people in wisconsin. alisyn: is it just the era we have a lot of buyers remorse? voters are disgruntled and this is the manifestation of it? >> yes, nice way to put it. voters have had enough, the tea party is not just a game and one-time thing, it is a serious group of people that want the government to stay within the confines of the constitution and don't want it to spend money it doesn't have. alisyn: judge andrew napolitano, always great to see you. >> mria pleasure, and sent a wonderful thing getting to work with her this week. bill: yes, how can i lose! alisyn: i love being surrounded by this kind of adulation.
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tune into the judge's show on fox business network. bill: it will not last, is it? all the adulation? alisyn: it isn't? bill: temporary, for now! alisyn: okay! bill: i love you. a new first hand account of the desperation on the ground with rays of hopeful we'll talk to a missionary near the quake's epicenter who took part in a rescue hours ago and we'll talk to him, live, coming up here. alisyn: video of a fight breaking out in a texas protest and we'll show you why police took one man away in handcuffs. >> you are not being oppressed. you are not being persecuted -- hey, hey, hey, hey. police, we have an out of control right winger up here. 3q double shift... i need a break.
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alisyn: there's new video of a
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rally against budget cuts, that turned ugly in texas. police arrested a protestor on the steps of houston city hall yesterday. you can see the man with the bullhorn and a camera. standing directly in front of a speaker at the podium, and some people tried to turn their back -- the man back and then this occurred: watch: >> down a little bit. relax. you are not being oppressed. you are not being -- hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. we need the police, we have an out of control right winger up here. alisyn: oh, boy. police officers took the man with the camera away in handcuffs and there were no reports of any injuries. bill: we have the videotape, a rescue in japan, happening moments ago, american relief workers rescuing a man north of sendai, the hard-hit town of a million people. the man trapped for more than 5
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days. wow. ken joseph is a relief worker and is by a computer now, via skype. did you see the rescue? what happened. >> we were trying to find the guy for five days, he's a friend of this man next to me. and, about a couple hours ago we found him. bill: where was he trapped. >> he was in a house, the place had been just completely devastated by water. i mean, you -- it looks like the bomb of hiroshima and we found him in the back of the house. bill: was he making sounds in did they suspect he was inside. >> he was fine but he had been inside, nobody knew where he was. bill: water, food, anything like that? >> yes, he had -- yes. bill: who are those men behind you. >> this is our team. we just got back from spending
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the day out, and, i don't know if you have seen the footage but this is the area the tsunami came and literally there is nothing left of the whole town. bill: i can only imagine. have you been to any of these shelters, ken? because we are -- are told there are 450,000 japanese men, women and children living in the shelters. >> we're actually staying in the shelters and living with them and i'ding with them and it is up to about a half million in this city alone there are 100,000 people in shelters and, dinner a -- about an hour ago was a bowl of rice and like a carrot, really. bill: do they have enough food? >> no. bill: well stocked with water? >> it was so bad, just now we went to try and fill up gas and they said they didn't have gas for the police cars. so there is basically no gasoline in the city. bill: what about the food and
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water. >> nothing. the stores are empty. we -- people are lined up, you know, there probably was 300 cars lined up at the gas station. bill: are the roads passable so if there is -- if there are relief supplies they could get there? >> yes. and the puzzle to all of the people, there is an american carrier, ronald reagan offshore from where we are and, apparently with three ships next to it and everyone is waiting for the americans to come but we have seen them yet. we need their help. bill: we were told by the japanese government they are considering opening up the relief efforts to more and more outside countries. and that decision making is ongoing. so, you might get your wish and might get it soon. we have heard a lot about the japanese people and the level of patience. can you enlighten us as to what the sense of their mind is?
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>> we go on these relief operations all over the world and i have to say i have never seen it like this before. even is polite. we just had dinner in the relief center, they are sharing what little food they have, to be honest it is quite amazing. anywhere else you would have riots and people taking things out of stores and none of that is happening. it is... bill: is it your sense that it will hold or at some point will it give out. >> i think today when people found out there was not even gas, you know, for the government, they started -- there's a real sense of panic beginning to take over, and that is very fearful. i mean, can you imagine you have a earthquake then a fire aen then a tsunami then you have atomic explosion and to add to that it has been snowing all day. bill: my clock, it is 11:30, and if that is the case are about to
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bed down for the night and what will you do tomorrow with your men? >> tomorrow, we are organizing people to try to come to help and, we are desperately trying to find gasoline. i hate to be like this but we desperately need help. nothing is getting through. there is no food, no gasoline, it is unimaginable for a country like japan, you know? this isn't a third-world country. it is amazing to see a member of the g-7, a top country like this, left with almost nothing. and, we need help. bill: interviews like this we can get the word out, ken joseph is skyping by way of computer. >> thanks, bill. bill: thank you and good luck and be well. >> let's get the word out now, if you want to help the people of japan, head to our web site, foxnews.com, we have a list of charities in the region and details to help you make sure the organization you are contributing to is legitimate. bill: also we'll look at the biggest concern as crews try to avert a nuclear meltdown which
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has not happened. let's keep it that way and the rescue operation under way for possible earthquake survivors. >> indication of someone underneath the building and we're trying to access beneath but obviously, as you can see, it is very, very difficult conditions and chances are very, very small but we'll do our best to see if we can get anybody in there. as low as 4.75% at lendingtree.com, where customers save an average of $293 a month. callending tree at... today.
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stories developing now in "america's newsroom." a car bomb in northern iraq killing three people and wounding another 18. the attack seemed to be targeting a local government official. and, new reports that the you haves -- the u.s. is expanding its role in the mexican drug war and is using unmanned aerial vehicles to gather intelligence on drug traffickers and a russian space capsule carrying three astronauts including one american returning to earth from the international space station and the crew landed safely in snowy eastern russia. bill: a "fox news alert," moments ago the u.s. energy secretary steven chu says the japan nuclear crisis appears more serious than three mile island. from 1979. >> the events unfolding in the japan incident actually appear to me more serious than three mile island. to what extent, we don't know and so as they are unfolding
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rapidly on an hour by hour, day-by-day basis, and are conflicting reports, so we don't really know in detail what is happening... bill: three mile island was a 5 on the nuclear threat level and it goes from 0-7 and chernobyl was a 7 in 1986 and now japan is considered in between the two at a 6. and, executive director of the project on managing the atom is live, from cambridge, good morning, sir, how are you? >> good, thanks. bill: what do we need to understand about three mile island and what we have learned since then. >> at three mile island, there was no real release of radiation from the reactor. there was an accident and shut down and problems with that shut down. in japan, since the containment buildings in a couple of reactors have exploded, and it
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appears as though there may be breaches in the reactors themselves, we now are looking at radiation being vented out into the atmosphere. bill: but that did not happen in pennsylvania, right? the radiation did not leak out into the atmosphere, correct. >> that's correct, yes. bill: why are we still freaked out about three mile island today? >> well i think, you know, the video from japan is why we're still freaked out about three mile island. because nuclear power stations are complex, big machines that fail extremely rarely but when they fail, they can fail catastrophically and that is something all citizens need to be concerned about. we need to have the highest standards of safety possible. bill: you think about japan right now, they had the largest earthquake in history. of that country. followed by this enormous tsunami, and, yet, it appears
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the damage at this point is relatively small. levels near it's reactor said to be 300 times' normal level, but, still, not even near fatal. now, what does that tell you in terms of the severity that the japanese are going through right now? perhaps how far we might be from full containment? >> well, first we don't really know how severe the release of radiation has been and there are a lot of conflicting reports. and, it's not over yet. what workers at the plant are trying do is to keep the reactors that have been shut down, all of them have been shut down, cool, and to keep the spent fuel on the site covered in water, and cool. and because the cooling systems have lost electricity, lost power, it is difficult to get
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water on the reactors and into the pools and therefore is a concern that they could melt down and could explode. and so we have seen a number of explosions. we have seen a number of -- had a number of reports about breaches in the reactor and is unclear to me exactly what is happening but what we need to be focusing on is whether they are able to keep those reactors cool. if they can, if there is a -- the fuel rods, spent fool pools are exposed to the air and catch fire and release radioactive elements into the atmosphere it could be a very, very serious event. bill: martin, thank you for your time. really appreciate your expertise. thanks for coming in today. >> thanks. bill: alisyn? alisyn: japan's nuclear crisis is now making china take a closer look at its own push for
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nuclear power and temporarily suspended new approvals tor proposed nuclear plants and has a safety crack down on plants in operation and now 40% of the world's nuclear reactors under construction are located in china and china it has seen no signs of abnormal radiation coming from japan. bill: a bit of a reversal for toyota, a dark spot for the japanese automaker, making a historic rebound after plunging 15% and the devastating earthquake and names forcing the largest auto make to close a dozen plants in japan and now on reports it is reopening the plants the stock gain is this largest ever. alisyn: libya is still on the brink as muammar qaddafi is better armed and the organized military is reversing the tide of change, just over a week ago the opposition seemed capable of
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bringing him down and today, muammar qaddafi supporters who are celebrating. they have bomb boarded the rebels with nonstop airstrikes and missiles and artillery, trying to move further into eastern libya, and, we have a report from libya. >> reporter: talking tough and making significant advances as it moves from tripoli to the east, taking towns from rebels who seemed to hold the country, and, a town which has been surrounded and pounded by libyan tanks and artillery and rebel positions taking a beating and the libyan army now encouraging rebels to hand over their weapons and surrender and some have apparently done that and one of muammar qaddafi's sons says the troops are nearing libya's second largest city of benghazi and, quote, everything will be over in 48 hourses. that appears to be an
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overstatement. and, ajdabiya is still under their control though they admit the libyan army is on the doorstep and a massive oil tanker, the anwr africa has been docked along with 25,000 tons of fuel on board, and this ship apparently hijacked by rebels, linked to opposition forces and the libyan owned vessel was loaded with gasoline in greece and was headed to tripoli to refuel muammar qaddafi's army, rebels stopped the ship with 15 men on two boats and they topped it 300 kilometers, 180 miles offshore from benghazi, and the crew of 22 reportedly offered no resistance and, the ship and its fuel was brought here where it is now being off loaded and the people who call themselves, revolutionists, not rebels, say the seizing of the ship is a victory but say they are angry, they are not getting support from the international
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community, especially the u.s., listen. >> americans won't support us, support us now. not tomorrow. the people and the children and the women and all of the people... we know the americans, they are waiting. waiting for muammar qaddafi... >> reporter: he says all the people want is freedom and peace and that is something they are willing to fight for, even without help from outside their borders. alisyn? alisyn: rick leventhal, live from libya, thank you. bill: we are hearing about a run-up of potassium iodide, pills on the west coast though we're told there is no threat of radiation to the u.s. >> dieni didn't at first and so asked them and they said it was because of the melt down in japan and the winds are going to be coming this direction. towards us. >> we have seen significant increase in our calls related to
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making the decision to own a jaguar just arational as it is emotional. >> good morning, i'm jon scott, crisis continues in japan. heroic efforts underway at the fukushima nuclear power plant, four of six reactors leaking radiation as workers risk their lives to try to prevent a full meltdown and fears over radiation spreading even to the u.s. and, a run on iodine pills here, but, the only thing to fear here, might be fear itself. also, we'll talk with a seismologist about the evolving views on earthquakes after recent disasters in japan and new zealand. could we learn how to predict this devastating force of nature? ahead, happening now. alisyn: are conflicting messages coming out of the obama administration? when it comes to the radiation threat here at home?
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fear is causing many folks to stock up on potassium iodide pis and local o -- pills and, the s general dr. regina benjamin had this to say, it is a precaution, i'm not stock -- you mean stocking up here? i haven't heard that but it is a precaution, yes, the obama administration responded with the following statement: when the surgeon general was asked about people stocking up on potassium iodide commented it is always important to be prepared however wouldn't recommend have people purchase it for themselves at this time. alan colmes is a host of the alan colmes radio show and mary katherine hamm, writer of the daily column and a fox news contributor. this is not a coherent message, the surgery general said, and it sounds like she says, yes, we need to be responsible and if you want to take potassium
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iodide pills, okay. go ahead. and there's a run on these things now, at the pharmacies. >> that is not all she said and she said you cannot blame people, i'm quoting from what she said, i'm not sure there is a level of need now and certainly the health officers, cdc and -- monitoring and will alert the public if there is ever a real threat and that puts it into context with clarity which is -- where she's coming from and, talk about everything she said. alisyn: but to be clear she said at a separate time and the first interview was with one reporter and later at a separate time, i believe our fox affiliate and clarifies more. >> i think people have the right to clarify their statements and, the rigeght looks for everythin with the obama administration, politicizing what could be a natural disaster. >> i disagree. >> you brought me onto give it, that is my opinion. alisyn: wouldn't it have been more helpful if she said there is no danger, if we detect any radiation we will distribute the
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pills. >> i think that staying off the -- singing off the same song book is a problem with the obama administration and i don't want to be petulant about the fears about what is going on or politicize it as alan says but when dealing with a public health situation and she's a public health professional it is her job to keep people calm and things in perspective and sounds like she gave two different interviews and two different messages and the president gave a different message also and so keeping those things together has been hard for them and that is why we saw the crowley thing with comments about bradley manning but it has a more far-reaching impact than political. it has an impact on the ground. >> crowley told this this truth about manning and it upset the state department and a shame you get fired for telling the truth and the right wing daily looks for something to attack the obama administration about and the last 24 hours it has been let's go after the surgeon general, let's give her the benefit of the doubt and i don't
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think it is a big deal, making a mountain out of a mole hill. alisyn: alan you are comfortable with the message. >> yes. the message has been clarified. alisyn: are people supposed to be buying it or not. >> she said if you want to, fine, i don't see the need now -- >> wait, alan. >> she also said listen to your local authorities, that is a clear message. alisyn: alan, no, it's not. if you want to buy potassium iodide, fine? >> she clarified the message and gave a clear message and said listen to your local authorities, i don't see the need now. what is not clear about that. >> to be fair -- >> i didn't know it would be two against one, she said if you listen to your local authorities it should clarify the need and i don't see the need and what do you need to know. >> mary katherine. >> you spent several minutes clarifying what she said. >> i quoted what she said. i quoted what she said. >> if she had been clear about it. >> i quoted her, mary katherine.
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>> and it has been several minutes, trying to explain it. >> i'm not trying to explain it. i'm quoting her! >> i think we wouldn't have to discuss it if she had been clear. >> we wouldn't have to discuss it if the right wing wasn't looking for a daily attack on the brags. -- obama administration. >> it doesn't have to be an attack. let's be clear -- >> we clarified the statement, she made a statement, clarified it. end of story. >> if she said that the first time, but it's not the end of the world. alisyn: mary katherine needs more clarity, we understand. thanks for both of you for coming in today, we appreciate it. >> thanks. bill: we are getting word from a town in northern japan, a town... and 10,000 people are missing from his town alone, the mayor says. and if this is true it could possibly drive up the death toll much higher than people had expected now. as we wait for more news on that we are finding out about a
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alisyn: new video out of japan to show you right now and it gives you an idea of taekt exactly what the responders are dealing with at this hour, this is a search and rescue team, from the u.k., and they are combing the destruction for any survivors in the northeast of japan and there is still some hope, nearly a week after that 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami that someone could be found who is buried alive. bill: remarkable story we heard, 30 minutes ago, right from the people in japan, saying there was a man in a house, waiting to be rescued. he wasn't trapped, he could not go anywhere. you have that to deal with and the devastation in japan, raising new concerns on the west coast, leaving many people now
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asking, are we ready for the big one? dan springer is live in seattle, hey, dan, good morning. what did the experts tell you? are we more or less prepared than the japanese? >> reporter: well, bill, pretty sobering because we are told we are nowhere near as prepared as japan. they are said to be the most prepared people on the planet for an earthquake and look at all of the devastation there, after the 1995 quake in kobe they spent a billion dollars on an early warning system and they said it worked pretty well and people closer to the epicenter on shore got a ten second warning before the shaking started and people in tokyo, a minute's warning and, the seismologists are working on developing a system like that here and planting hundreds of instruments along active earthquake fault lines and the quake in japan was the biggest test for the early warning system in the world and officials say it worked. >> the people on shore probably had ten seconds warning before the shaking started where they
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were -- and the people in tokyo had about a minute's warning. >> reporter: warnings went out to people by cell phone and sirens and in a perfect world the system was supposed to have high speed trains slow down and manufacturing stop manufacturing and we will not know probably for months if that system worked perfectly or not but, i'm sure that once all the chaos stops it will evaluate the system, bill. bill: you wonder how much money is the current -- in the current budget for the program, dan? >> reporter: well, we have spent here, about $5 million developing the system, in california. people in washington state are watching what happens in california. and, right now we are told the 2012 obama budget cuts the funding for the early warning system and a lot of people here are worried, because we are just not prepared. they are discouraged at our lack of preparation. >> we're not good at dealing with long term problems. and, earthquakes are one of those. i mean, it may be one every 100
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years that we have a big earthquake. so, there is not like this generation is getting hit frequently enough that it will go up on their radar. >> it would take $50 million to have a system here, in the pacific northwest, that would warn people before the shaking started, $80 million in california, and, again, there is no money in the current budget proposal for any of that warning system to be funded. bill: makes us all think twice, dan springer in seattle on that, thank you. alisyn: middle of the tragedy there is a ray of hope, the story of a japanese baby, who is bringing happiness to a family that really deserves it. bill: nice story. there are questions, new questions about president obama's leadership style and you might be surprised who is expressing that frustration about him. [ female announcer ] in the past 10 years
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bill: what do you say we end today with a fo story of hope. a boy born in all the devastation of jan

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